It was exactly the kind of thing you’d imagine David Rakoff, the sweet but kvetchy essayist who died last year, rolling his eyes at.
Last week, 62 readers convened on the fourth floor of the Union Square Barnes & Noble to commemorate the posthumous publication of Mr. Rakoff’s novel in verse, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.
Yet perhaps in the spirit of the Canadian-born essayist, who was 47 when he succumbed to cancer last August, the evening was remarkably touching without slipping into overt sentimentality—a signature trait of Mr. Rakoff’s work.
Running With Scissors author Augusten Burroughs wrote about marrying Christopher Schelling, his literary agent, in this week’s “Modern Love” column. The story, which was about the terminology change in going from “boyfriends” to “husbands,” made a solid case for a writer getting together with his (or her) book agent.
“I had known Christopher for 10 years and fought back my romantic feelings with a machete because he was my literary agent and there were a thousand other reasons my attraction to him was impossible,” Mr. Burroughs wrote. “I lost my internal machete war and finally confessed in 2009 to my best friend and the only agent in Manhattan who didn’t turn me down that I was in love with him.”
73-year-old poet Margaret Robison, who was controversially depicted as a negligent lunatic by her son Augusten Burroughs in the book Running With Scissors, has signed with Spiegel & Grau to write a memoir in which she’ll tell "her own story her way," according to an announcement posted this morning to the Publishers Marketplace Read More
Roughly two weeks after orchestrating a six figure book deal for one-time girlfriend of J.D. Salinger Joyce Maynard, literary agent David Kuhn is selling a memoir by Margaret Robison, the mother of Augusten Burroughs. Mr. Kuhn actually submitted Ms. Robison’s book earlier this week, but calls to his office today went unreturned so we Read More